A firend of mine is a structural engineer, and he said the buildings did exactly what they were designed to do - collapse like accordians. Otherwise they fall like a tree, and you can well imagine the collateral damage in falling like that. As for the original poster, he makes some interesting points, but it doesn't really mean a great deal overall. That sort of thing is the dog and pony show. Donald Sutherland's character in Stone's J.F.K. said it best...
Jim Garrison: I never realized Kennedy was so dangerous to the establishment. Is that why?
X: Well that's the real question, isn't it? Why? The how and the who is just scenery for the public. Oswald, Ruby, Cuba, the Mafia. Keeps 'em guessing like some kind of parlor game, prevents 'em from asking the most important question, why? Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up? Who?
Jim Garrison: I don't, I can't... I can't believe they killed him because he wanted to change things. In our time. In our country.
X: Well they've been doing it all through history. Kings are killed, Mr. Garrison, politics is power, nothing more! Oh, don't take my word for it, don't believe me. Do your own work, your own thinking.
In strategic political analyis there is always one question that always presides over anything else, cui bono. Who benefits? I always find it amusing that people don't understand what real power is and what some people will do to achieve it and maintain it. You can look at psych studies from the AMA going back 50 years and they'll all tell you the same thing about real power hungry people, most of them are literal psychopaths. Most aren't overtly violent, but the behaivour manifests itself in many different forms. Whether it's a mob boss, despot or CEO of a huge multinational, they're a lot more similar psychologically than most people would suspect.
Was AQ responsible for 9/11? Possibly. Drawing the U.S. into heightened and extended conflict in the Middle-East is good for them because it helps polarize the entire Middle-Eastern problem. The longer and bloodier it is, the more successful in recruiting people to their cause (which is getting the west and western interests out of the Middle-East entirely and getting rid of Israel as well).
However, there are power cabals out there which probably knew, if not actively fomented and encouraged (subversively) groups like the AQ to commit to something big, knowing full well it would be the catalyst that could both greatly increase their own wealth and power. Hell, the Project for the New American Century called it themselves.
Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf
9/11 was most definitly a conspiracy - on several levels. There are simply too many points that don't jibe about the whole affair. The entire thing smacks of a classic Machiavellian ploy. My personal belief is that AQ was responsible for 9/11 directly. I also believe that there were certain powers that be that new and let it happen because they knew they stood to benefit immensely from it.
When you look at the history of coup d'etats, you understand that these sorts of things will always succeed in the short term, but fail in the long term. Regardless, they'll continue to happen so long as the vast majority of people are politically illiterate and apathetic. Just look at some of the responses from the small sample of posts on this board. The ignorant dismiss any conspiratorial possibility simply because they lack the background knowledge to understand that these sorts of events can or even would be engineered by those in power to increase and maintain that power. They simply cannot believe anyone would go to those lengths for power. Yet, by the same token they have zero problem with accepting that the mob or street gangs will kill people without batting an eyelash for considerably less. And that, is how coup d'etats succeed.
Anyway, I've long since given up railing about those sorts of injustices because most people simply won't believe it. Sometimes I wish I lacked a moral compass because it would be incredibly easy to acquire power otherwise.
Terry Pratchett has an incredible grasp on the whole issue of governance with his character, Havelock Vetinari.
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'Let me give you some advice, Captain,' he said.
'It may help you make some sense of the world.'
'I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are the good people and the bad people,' said the man. 'You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.'
He waved his thin hand towards the city and walked over to the window.
'A great rolling sea of evil,' he said, almost proprietorially. 'Shallower in some places, of course, but deeper, oh, so much deeper in others. But people like you put together little rafts of rules and vaguely good intentions and say, this is the opposite, this will triumph in the end. Amazing!' He slapped Vimes good-naturedly on the back.
'Down there,' he said, 'are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any iniquity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don't say no. I'm sorry if this offends you,' he added, patting the captain's shoulder, 'but you fellows really need us.'
'Yes, sir?' said Vimes quietly.
'Oh, yes. We're the only ones who know how to make things work. You see, the only thing the good people are good at is overthrowing the bad people. And you're good at that, I'll grant you. But the trouble is that it's the only thing you're good at. One day it's the ringing of the bells and the casting down of the evil tyrant, and the next it's everyone sitting around complaining that ever since the tyrant was overthrown no-one's been taking out the trash. Because the bad people know how to plan. It's part of the specification, you might say. Every evil tyrant has a plan to rule the world. The good people don't seem to have the knack.'
'Maybe. But you're wrong about the rest!' said Vimes. 'It's just because people are afraid, and alone—' He paused. It sounded pretty hollow, even to him.
He shrugged. 'They're just people,' he said. 'They're just doing what people do. Sir.'
Lord Vetinari gave him a friendly smile.
'Of course, of course,' he said. 'You have to believe that, I appreciate. Otherwise you'd go quite mad. Otherwise you'd think you're standing on a feather-thin bridge over the vaults of Hell. Otherwise existence would be a dark agony and the only hope would be that there is no life after death. I quite understand.'
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